Terror balloons discovered in waste paper factory, near kindergarten

Terror balloons were found by a recycling factory and a kindergarten on Tuesday morning.

By David Isaac, World Israel News 

On Tuesday morning, explosives attached to a bunch of balloons were discovered between stacks of paper destined for recycling at a factory in Ofakim, a southern Israeli city 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) west of Beer Sheva, Arutz7 reports.

A police sapper was called to deal with the device.

Yediot Ahronot reports that a balloon with what was suspected to be an explosive landed near a kindergarten at Kibbutz Saad in the Sedot Negev Regional Council. A police sapper was called to the scene.

The launching of terror balloons from the Gaza Strip has increased sharply in the last weeks.

Last Wednesday, a kindergarten full of children was frightened in Moshav Even Shmuel in Israel’s south by the sight of balloons floating in the air. Their teacher rushed them to the bomb shelter.

Arutz7 reports that the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar says that Israel sent a message to Hamas through Egypt warning that it will attack the terror group if it doesn’t stop the escalation.

Hamas said it doesn’t want escalation and blamed “Israel’s economic pressure on Gaza citizens” for the actions of civilians on its border, according to the Lebanese paper.

Israel has warmed Hamas time and again that it will hold the terror group responsible for all aggression emanating from the territory under its control.

On Monday, the IDF hit a Hamas training base after a rocket was fired into Israel .

Hamas is dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Its covenant, composed of 36 articles, all address that fundamental objective. Its preamble states, “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”